Dean Esmay wrote an article about why it was a good idea for the Bush administration to go to the U.N. before proceeding against Saddam. I don’t know any people so hawkish to think that was a bad idea. Personally, I think Bush made up his mind long ago. He went ahead with the U.N. dance because, once you rule out immediate action, it’s a win from all angles. It gives time to build domestic and international support while deploying the forces. It provides the possibility that the U.S.’s action will be with U.N. approval. Most importantly, it furthers the administration’s long-term goals. They want the U.N. to be effective, or to clearly demonstrate that it is not. They probably expect the latter and are eager to increase their justification for ignoring it, both in post-war Iraq and in whatever’s next on their agenda.
Looking at it from the point of view of many years of striving to be logical so that what I type into my computer actually makes sense, I don’t know any other way to describe the [NYT] op-ed statement but with one word: stupid.